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My “New Guy” Turned Out to Be a Real Dummy!

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Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

One of the thousands of Rosebuds at the San Jose Rose Garden.

Don and I just had a quick little get away to the San Jose area.  (If you are anywhere near my age, the song, “Do you know the way to San Jose” popped in your head the minute you read where we had been, didn’t it? Come on, admit it!) Typically, when I am up in that area, I’m a San Francisco girl.  I can’t ever get enough of that city!  But this trip, we didn’t even venture into the city. We stayed right around the San Jose area.

We had a fun and relaxing time, and got in a lot of sightseeing. The first evening in town, we had dinner at a fabulous restaurant in Palo Alto called St. Michael’s Alley. If you are in that area and have a chance, I’d highly recommend it! We were at a private dinner function in a back dining room, with limited menu choices.  I got a scallop dish that was out of this world, and Don had lamb.  Let me tell you, I’d go back for either one of those dishes!  My seared sea scallops were served on a slice of Yukon potatoes, with a bit of bacon on top and an herb butter sauce.  I’m not too proud to admit, it was all I could do not to pick up the plate and lick it! Don of then started his meal with a delicious Lobster bisque and I had a wonderful salad of a variety of tomatoes with burrata.  Yummm!  We even went all out and ordered dessert.  The service was impeccable, the company was delightful and the setting was lovely.  Try it out if you get to Palo Alto, or frankly, anywhere in the nearby area!  It would be worth going a bit out of your way for.

Kind of A Dummy!

(I thought my new crush was kind of  cute, but it turned out, he was kind of a “dummy” and not much of a conversationalist either!)

The next day, after a relaxing breakfast and a read of the paper, Don wanted to go to the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View. Now mind you, a girl who really isn’t all that techy wouldn’t put this “tourist attraction” at the top of her list, but since he accommodates my every whim, how could I possibly say no?  This museum gives you info on “computers” all the way back to the abacus! I will admit, it was more interesting than I expected it to be!

Sitting by my new crush!

My favorite part of the museum was the crash test dummy.  I just had to have my picture done with him!  Turn out, he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, as they say!  Not much of a conversationalist either!

Don enjoyed himself, and that’s what matters most!

Don was checking out his photos after “geeking out!”

Then we were off to a delicious lunch.  Don’t you just love how, nowadays, you just ask for the top restaurants near you, and WHAM- you can find a delicious place to eat, without taking much of a risk of getting a bad meal! Thanks to “Siri” and her help, we found The Voya Restaurant, in Mountain View.  The restaurant was an unexpected delight!  We had a charming server, and we went with his suggestion of a house specialty pork dish, Cochinita Pibil which we shared.  It proved to be as delicious as he promised, and more than enough to fill us up!  Once again, I’d suggest stopping by if you are in the area.  It’s well worth the trip!

Enjoying a fabulous “get away” lunch at the Voya Restaurant, Mountain View, CA

The Winchester  Mystery House

The back garden of the Winchester Mystery House

Then, on we went to a tourist attraction I’ve wanted to see for over 30 years- The Winchester Mystery House.  We were there for HOURS, and even then, the tours we took only covered less than 100 of the 160 rooms in the house!  This woman didn’t know the meaning of “enough is enough!”  I won’t cover this attraction in too much detail, because I plan another blog about it soon.  My suggestion is that when you go- wear comfortable shoes!  Just on the main tour alone, you cover more than 1 mile, and I can’t even begin to imagine how many steps, up and down, down and up!

Our evening ended up with seeing the movie Dunkirk and my dinner was a HUGE ice cream cone at the theater.  I guess I subscribe to the saying “Life is short, eat dessert first!”  I figured I could use the “I’m on vacation” excuse for this one!

San Jose Rose Garden is a spectacular treat for the senses! Not to mention, it’s FREE!

He Never Promised Me a Rose Garden…….

Hundreds and hundreds of rose bushes make up this spectacular, world famous rose garden! The perimeter of the garden has beautiful, stately Redwood trees.  What a beautiful combination!

Our last day, we went to see the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which has been voted “the world’s best rose garden.”  It is truly a beautiful sight to see, with literally hundreds of rose varieties, and they are surrounded by beautiful redwoods.  Dead center in the middle of the roses is a beautiful fountain.  At first glance, the fountain almost looks like it is made of crystal or clear glass.  The whole park is a delight to see.

When you first see the fountain, it appears to be made of glass or crystal!

We were told by a volunteer who was cutting back some of the roses that just before Mother’s Day is the most spectacular time to see the roses here. We plan to return, Don with camera and tripod in hand to capture the beautiful sight!

Beautiful roses, every size, every color, and all with different scents!

No matter where we travel, we always seem to have a great adventure, and it’s always fun to share it with my friends!

My theory is that money spent on travel is the best money you will ever spend!  DON’T WAIT until you have money and time to take the biggest trip possible!  Fit in those little 2 or  day adventures into your life! They are well worth it, and can be done on a budget, if that is what you need to do!

What’s the “Deal” Wayne Brady?

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Really Wayne Brady?

Really Wayne?  Is this the best you’ve got for those people who have been your fans for years? Where is the funny guy, the friendly guy, the personable guy we all think of when we see Wayne Brady? I just have to ask!

Last weekend, my daughter Alyse, her friend Liza and myself took the hike up to LA to be on Let’s Make a Deal.

Now, if you know me, I’m ALL about putting together costumes!  I have, literally, dozens and dozens of costumes in totes in the top of my closet.  If you can think it up, I probably have a costume for it.

Your’s truly, my daughter Alyse, and her friend Liza. We are pretty damned glamorous, you have to admit! 🙂

We decided to go as the Three Blind Mice.  When I do a costume, I do it up to the last detail. We had mouse tummies, mouse ears, mouse bow-ties, mouse tails, mouse “canes”, sunglasses.  Sayings printed on the back of our costumes, and great 2 sided signs, with oh-so-clever sayings……..  If that doesn’t get you chosen for Let’s Make a Deal, what would, right?

The Wait Begins………

So, if you’ve never been to one of the TV game shows, let me tell you, this is a LONG and drawn out affair!  It starts with the reservation to go up there, then when you get there, you stand in line to prove you are supposed to be in the audience.  You have to show your reservation and your ID.  Then you go through a security check and metal detector…….. after that the wait starts.

Waiting in the line that seemed to take forever. But we kept the “perfect contestant” smiles plastered on our little mouse faces!

You are handed a clipboard, with about 8 pages of small print.  You fill that in and wait. And wait. And wait.  There are various people you connect with to get your ID scanned, paperwork checked out, nametags, numbers, blah, blah, blah…….

We were aware that they are checking you out the whole time to see if you are “fun material” for TV, so we kept the fun-a-coming….. the happy attitudes in check and the cuteness factor just oozing from our bodies for every damned minute…… hour (and seemingly day and week).

The thing that amazed me was the amount of people who come into this process WITH NO COSTUME!  Yep!  You can rent them there.  Now, silly me….. the way I would do this thing would be to look at who really made an effort at a costume, made it fun, made it creative — and they would be at the top of the “people to choose” list.  Evidently, not so, as you will soon see!

Don’t get too excited about this picture. This is just a “fakey” they do in front of a blue screen! Your phone is confiscated AGES before you get to the studio. We were actually sitting behind where my left ear was when we were in the audience.

At the end of the long and tedious line, you are pulled off into a little section at the end of the room with about 20 people, where one of the producers goes around, asks your name, what you do, etc…….. then into the holding tank you go, with all of those who are going to be on the show that day.

You’d think they might give you a clue, such as, “The bus to the studio will be boarding approximately “blah-blah” time, or “15 minutes after the last contestants get through their interview” or “when hell freezes over” or “when you die of old age” or “once Bettie White is no longer the most popular female in the US.”   Uh, no.  No hint.  You are a bit scared to go off to the potty, because it’s out the door, down and around the building, and up on a trailer full of porta’ potties. (Seriously?  They can’t even give you a REAL bathroom here at the Let’s Make a Deal holding pen? Let me tell you, on a day that hovered in the 80’s with more damn humidity than is legal in Cali’- this was not a pleasant experience.)  So, you don’t know if they might call everyone while you are porta’ pottying it, and you might miss the whole damn show!  And, when you are one of the 3 Blind Mice, you miss it, and the rest of the gang is also kinda’ shit outta’ luck for their costume ensemble…..

A little information for the masses would be nice you execs in charge of Let’s Make a Deal.  Just sayin!

Me and Liza. (BTW- might know that out of hundreds of people, I’d get assigned contestant number 69! Just sayin’!)

So, it’s once you are put into the “holding pen” that those who need to can rent a costume.  These aren’t great costumes.  Not by any stretch.  A lot of “Hawaiian Shirt and plastic lei” type of stuff. Santa and Santa’s helper. With “Santa” consisting of the Santa top & hat, no beard, no Santa pants or boots…… Very basic, not-a-real-costume type of costume…

And the wait goes on…..and on….. and on……

We kept up our happy-as-fuck little effervescent attitudes, however, because we KNEW we were being judged each and every moment.  Once 3 separate people gave us our marching orders (all 3 speeches were basically the same, BTW!) We were told that, indeed, we were being watched moment by moment, both now and throughout the show, until the very last moment, and we needed to keep our enthusiasm til the end, act excited if we won a prize, even if we hated it more than our mother-in-law, don’t touch Wayne Brady in any way, unless he gave explicit consent, and don’t chew gum…… we finally were herded into buses to go to the studio.

Upon getting to the studio, we were then herded into a sort of hallway to sit until further notice. Again, a bit of information would be nice.  Information such as how long we might be there, if/when and where we could go to the bathroom, etc.  Of course, the moment my daughter wandered off to the bathroom they started us moving inside, giving the other 2 members of the “blind mice” ensemble a moment of panic.

It might be nice before they DO herd you into the studio to tell you you WON’T be able to get a drink of water, or go to the bathroom for the next 2 hours or more……… HOLY GOD, is that too much to ask?  Heads up here people, do what you have to do, and you have this much time to do it in……… NOPE!

Then the fun, and the disappointment begins.

Once they seat us in the studio, there is yet another speech (#4 for those of you who have stopped counting).  This speech reiterates the same content which was gone over repeatedly before boarding the bus.  I DO fully understand, that some of the people in said audience are not rocket scientist….. but SERIOUSLY?  This isn’t LIVE TV, and if someone really F’s up, they CAN edit it out……

“His Royal Highness” Arrives!

Then “his highness” arrives on the set.  We are all prepared for the moment.  When Wayne Brady enters, the first person he calls up is a gal who isn’t even IN a costume.  SERIOUSLY?  WTF?  She was cute, and did win a motorcycle, so we were all pleased for her.  When it’s time for a commercial break, Wayne strolls out, no interaction in ANY WAY with the audience.  Not a wave, not a smile, not a joke, nothing! We, however, stand up and, as Liza put it, “dance like monkeys” the whole commercial break, because that’s how they told us they choose people for the segments. It was like rinse, and repeat for the rest of the taping of the show.  Almost everyone chosen for the show was- are you ready?…… wearing one of the IDIOTIC RENTAL COSTUMES!

Closeup of Alyse and Liza. Once you are on the show, your contestant number comes off.

There was one costume that was UBER popular in the audience.  This was a hat type device which looked like a milk carton, and your face became the face on the milk carton.  There were at least 7 people in the audience with that clever $5.00 costume.  There were 3 “rainbow unicorns.”  90% of the costumes were easy-peasy purchased costumes We had the only hand held signs in the whole audience.  No notice of that!  We had accessories! We had cuteness!  We had creativity!  All that, on top of our sparkling personalities the whole frickin’ day!  And none of us were called!

There was one gal in our “group” who did get called up front.  We were so happy for her! She was a kind of Sandra Bullock look-alike, and very friendly.  Her costume was a slot machine, and she had personalized it with Wayne Brady phrases on it.  Alyse called it early on that she would get chosen, and we were excited to see her do well.

Wayne Brady……. Not So Much……

But the worst part of the experience? Wayne Brady. Wayne Brady and his lack of interaction with anyone in the audience.  He didn’t actually even ACKNOWLEDGE us in any way shape or form!  Other than 2 funny bits he did while the camera was rolling with guys on stage and in the audience, none of us existed.  We were simple “props”, and not worthwhile human beings.

Like mother, like daughter. Even as blind mice we look similar! Turns out, Wayne Brady is kind of a dirty rat. At least, not a very friendly one, as it turns out!

Wayne, Wayne, Wayne……. I’ve loved you since I saw the first Who’s Line is it Anyway…. but I’ll never feel the same about you.  Bummer! I don’t think a bit of kindness to the people in the audience would have been too much to ask from you. Wayne actually came right in front of us in the audience, to get to the woman they were choosing for “the big deal”.  No eye contact, not a hello, not a hi five…… in fact, I don’t think he knew we were humans he raced in front of.

Wayne, you pompous little ass! You hadn’t been standing in line all day. You hadn’t been in the holding pen for hours. I’m pretty damned sure YOU hadn’t missed lunch.  You weren’t dying of thirst and needing a bathroom.  Would a little hand wave, a few hugs, maybe a little joke or two have killed you? What’s the deal, Wayne?  Did you forget the people who put in in front making the big bucks? Our relationship is officially over now you chump!  I’m embarrassed for you and your lack of simple kindness and compassion to the people who came to see you.  Nice suit, by the way.

Ta Ta for the Titties, Too Much for Me!

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TaDa for the TaTa’s…..

I don’t care what kind of sweat be a drippin’ down your boobs. No one needs to look like this!

So here I am, just strolling through Facebook. The first “down time” I’ve had in almost 2 weeks, and I thought I’d check out what is going on in the world of my Facebook friends, when suddenly I come across this ad for the Ta Ta Towel.  I had to stop, take a gander, then look into this further.

Uh, no. Not for me. So sorry!

If you aren’t yet familiar with the Ta Ta Towel, it is basically a hammock, made out of a towel to hang your titties in. In other words, an “Over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.”  (That’s what I would have called this invention, if, indeed, I had invented it….. which I didn’t, because I didn’t know there was even a need for it.)  Evidently, a number of big breasted women seem to sweat under their boobs while getting themselves ready to go out into the world for the day.  Hence, the “Ta Ta Towel” was invented. It is described on their sites as “The perfect accessory to any set of boobs.” I prefer a diamond necklace as my boobs perfect little accessory.  Call me a snob.

No one should be going out in public like this. Sorry! If you wonder why you can’t get a date, maybe it’s because you are out in clothing that just wouldn’t flatter ANYONE! Not to mention, those titties are gonna go a floppin’ out, you can just about count on that!

Solutions for Sweaty Boobs

Perhaps I’m a skeptic, and perhaps it’s because my rather ample boobs don’t seem to have this weeping sweatage problem…….. but did anyone ever think of a simple little robe?  I have a cute little leopard number, which is nice and cool in our oh-so-hot summer weather, and I throw that on when I’m getting ready for the day. (Unless the weather is cool, then I throw on a warmer robe. But in either case, I don’t need a special over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.)  My simple little robe seems to do the trick for me.

I did a little further research on the Ta Ta, and found they have a facebook page, a number of “reviews” on the item, and, evidently, some different colors and patterns that the Ta Ta might be ordered in.

I’m a Sucker, I’ll Admit It!

I’ll admit, I’m usually a sucker for everything that comes my way, and promises to solve a problem.  I’ve tried the “Skinny Coffee.”  About $30.00 later, and a few weeks of coffee that had some suspect white specs in it later…… not an ounce was lost. I also fell prey to the curlers that promised to give me ringlet type of curls fast and easy……. wait for the video on this one folks.  You’ll be glad you did. (As soon as I figure out how the hell to make said video).  The black mud looking mask……… don’t ask.

This time, however, I did not fall prey to ordering the Over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.  Why you may ask?  When even the model looks frumpy and dumpy in it, I know that no one in my house, including me, needs to see this shit.  In addition, they retail for $45.00!  Are they kidding me?  Come on. REALLY Ta Ta?  Had this thing been $10.00, maybe even $15.00, I would have been tempted to buy one, just for shits and giggles, and to share with the likes of you who read this blog.  But seriously?  $45.00?  Holy crap!  I am in itinerant “second hand” shopper.  My nicest dresses and evening gowns don’t even cost me $45.00!  Am I going to buy a boob sweat sopper and spend that much?  Not on your life Sam! No way!  I could buy at least 4 or 5 new dresses for that amount of money, and they are going to be one HELL of a lot more fun and flattering than this gizmo!

I suppose I could do a “Go Fund Me” page, so that people could contribute to me purchasing the Ta Ta, but I’m saving that route for something really big and important, like a face lift or tummy tuck sometime down the line.  You’ve got to plan these things out to get the most “bang for your buck” you know!

Ta Ta Towel s just not me!

I have to say, the Ta Ta Towel just doesn’t speak to me! Just give me a little “seasonal” robe! Cozy in the winter, cool in the summer! Is it too much work to try to look a bit reasonable, even at home?

Meanwhile, I’ll just use one of my cute little robes to hold the boulders while I’m getting ready for the day. And thank my lucky little stars that my boobs don’t sweat.  Life is good here at the Queen’s castle!

If you think that you just can’t live without a Ta Ta Towel, here is a bit more information on this nifty invention!

What Happens in Vegas……..

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World’s Biggest “Royal” Martini!

This martini is even too big for me! On Fremont Street- Old Las Vegas

This martini is even too big for me! On Fremont Street- Old Las Vegas

You know the old saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”?  In some cases, that may be a good thing!  If you’ve been in Vegas more than an hour, and haven’t seen something, you must not have left your hotel room!

I thought I’d take a few minutes and just post some of the crazy and silly things we saw on our little 3 day Vegas getaway………

Park on Fremont

While on Fremont Street we came across a crazy little restaurant for lunch.  Park on Fremont, at 506 Fremont. It looked like it was right out of a Tim Burton film.  I absolutely loved the wacky decor!  The courtyard in the back was as cute as could be, but too damned hot to sit out there while we were there. We were just about the only people in the place, and the food and service were both rather enjoyable. We were happy to find it.  I’d suggest you go if you are in the area!

Interior of Park on Fremont

The interior of this place is funky, weird and fabulous! Behind the bar a fireplace surround is used for the beer taps. Everywhere you look, there are things that are, well……. unexpected, in the decor.  I loved all of the strange quirks!

 

Strange picture

One of the strange pictures in the place. Sad thing is, I think I may have once dated this guy!

 

Hallway at Park at Fremont

Even the hallway at Park at Fremont has an interesting vibe! The wallpaper is a bit creepy, look closely at the girl repeated throughout.  There are different chandeliers staggered all the way down the hall.  I fell in love with the colorful one shown in the front! Don’t be surprised if you come to my house someday and see an assortment of different chandeliers staggered down my hallway!

 

Park on Freemont

Another strange picture. The girls dress is made of meat and sausages…… The bodice is a muscle…

 

Check out the lady's face and pose!

This picture was out in the couryard. It’s one of those things you may not pick up on at first, but when you do……….

 

Park on Fremont, Courtyard

The courtyard was really charming and eclectic. I’d love to go back when the weather permits.

Heart Attack Grill. Does America REALLY need this?

Heart attack grill sign

The Heart Attack Grill. OK, not my cup of tea, but there is a HUGE scale outside, and if you weigh over 350 pounds you eat free here……. Go figure!

Sign over the huge scale

If you stand on this huge scale and weigh over 350 pounds, I guess bells and whistles go off and you get to eat free. Now THERE is an honor I hope to never have bestowed on me!

Heart attack grill door

The door at the Heart Attack Grill.  Only in Las Vegas! This place is crazy!  Not my style, but pretty damn funny!

 

Heart attack grill

At the heart attack grill, hospital gowns are considered “mandatory clothing.” After you enter, they take you through an area to “suit you up.”  Not my style, not enough bling for me! But then, I’m the woman who refused to wear a hospital gown to give birth to my daughter.  I had to get special permission from the head of the hospital to bring my own “cute” gown.  After all, there are pictures of such events!

Fun on Fremont Street!

Over Fremont Street

I ziplined over Fremont Street. That’s why I couldn’t eat at the Heart Attack Grill. I may not have made the weight limit for the ride!

Funny Guy on Fremont Street

Don and I came across this funny guy on Fremont street. What a kick he was!

 

Street Comedian

This is the other side of this guys sign. He was a pretty entertaining and nice man!

 

Under arrest in Vegas

Don was put under arrest on the strip! My man is the biggest “boy scout” in the world, but I think he might have gone into a life of crime if these two were going to dole out the punishment!

 

Vegas Cops

I’m not certain what he did to be put under arrest, but he didn’t seem to mind! I didn’t even know they made butts like that! Holy Cow!

 

Naked guy in Vegas

So, Don gets arrested by the best butts in town and I get this naked guy! What is wrong with this picture? The Bodies Exhibit at Ballys was pretty interesting!  Hey, do you like my blingy handbag? If so, check out my shopping page and you can have one yourself!

 

Big Balls in Las Vegas

Only in Las Vegas would you see a booth selling “Big Balls.” I have to confess, I really wanted the large disco ball……Is it just me, or does this kiosk look like it belongs in New Orleans? Check out the zipliners up above!

What Happens to Old Strippers? Ask Don!

Retired Stripper

Did you ever wonder what happened to old strippers? Well, I guess the mystery is solved! Don went from beautiful cops, to dilapitated stripper! You really CAN’T make this shit up!

 

The Mentalist

We went to see the show, “The Mentalist”. What a fabulous show! He knew things about Don & I that no one should know! Go see this show if you are in Vegas! It was fabulous!

Himalayan Salt Cave

After such a difficult few days, what could I do but relax at the Spa? This is the Himalayan Salt cave, experienced after our couples’ massage!

 

 

“Having our Say”… Don’t Miss It!

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The play has been extended by a week! You can see here how authentic the 2 performers look as the Delany Sisters, in Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years! Don’t miss it! Get there by June 18th!

“Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years”

I had the pleasure of seeing “Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years”, at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad just a few days ago.  It is toward the end of the run, but you still have time to get there and see it. Luckily, they just extended the close by a week, and it is now playing through June 18th. I encourage you to RUN…don’t walk to get yourself to this inspiring production.  You will be happy that you did!

You may remember when the Delany Sisters’ book came out a number a years ago.  Their book came out in 1993,(although, if you had asked me, I would have guessed it being published about 5 years ago.  THAT is how out of touch I am with the passage of time!) It told about their life as daughters of a former slave, and the changes they had seen throughout their 100 years.  When the book came out it was on the best seller’s list for over 100 weeks, and was quite a sensation. It’s no wonder that it was, if the play is any indication of what made the book so interesting and well received. That book has had over 93 editions of it published, since it first came out.

New Village Arts Theater

If you have not had the pleasure of attending a performance at this charming, small, local theater, this is your opportunity.  The venue is small enough (under 250 seats) that there literally is not a bad seat in the house.  With only 6 rows, and as wide as the stage, you feel a part of each production there.

For “The Delany Sisters'” the set is perfect and well thought out.  You feel as though you have entered Sadie and Bessie’s home, and are sitting down “for a visit.”  Every detail of the set is done to perfection, right down to the floor, which appears to be hardwood, but on closer inspection looks like it was handpainted, line by line, right down to the knots in the wood, by a talented set artist.

The whole play is done in the same set, by only 2 actresses, Silvia M’Lafi Thompson, playing “Bessie” Delany, and Milena (Sellers) Phillips, playing “Sadie” Delany.  Although they have donned gray wigs, and clothing appropriate for ladies of a VERY mature age, they didn’t go with lines and makeup to pull off the part.  Instead, the two use the skill of moving their bodies, and facial expressions in a way that portrays the 2 older ladies, and they do it to perfection!

Listening to a conversation between 2 people on stage for over 2 hours could be monotonus and might be likely to put you to sleep, but not when the discussion is a lesson steeped in our country’s history, and executed by such skilled performers. There is just enough humor and spicy conversation added in to keep you alert and waiting for the next story to develop.

Both sisters definitely have different personalities, which are obvious from the start.  As Bessie, herself puts it so aptly, “Sadie is sugar and I’m the spice.”

In one of the scenes, the two women are carrying on their discussion while preparing their deceased father’s favorite meal, in honor of his birthday. They are cooking up macaroni and cheese and ambrosia, all of which looked so delicious we had to go out after the play and grab a bite to eat! The set kitchen reminded me ever so much of my own grandmother’s kitchen that I had a pang, remembering wistfully the times back in Illinois when, as a child, I would watch her cook, as she told me stories about her own life.

Program front, from the play

The front of the program from Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters First 100 Years. Lucky for YOU, the run has been extended!

Reliving History, Spicy Stories and All!

One of the more interesting – and spicy stories, was that their grandmother and grandfather were never able to marry, due to the fact that their grandmother was 1/4 black, and their grandfather was white.  Because of her having a bit of black blood, they were unable to marry, so their grandfather built a home right next to his, with a path they could go back and forth on to be together.  The church wanted to kick their grandmother out, but the pastor stuck up for her saying that in her heart they were a committed couple, it was only the law that prohibited them from marriage.

Jim Crow laws, prejudice, strength, humor and courage are all portrayed in this story of two women, both over 100 years old, who had lived together their whole lives.  When discussing the fact that neither had ever married,  they chuckle that this is possibly the reason for their longevity! They stated that they never married, so they never had husbands to worry them to death!

After seeing this intriguing play, I am inspired to get the book and read each and every detail of the stories shared.  I’m sure there is a depth to the history and stories  which is skimmed over in the play.

Again, I encourage you to Run… don’t Walk, and get yourself to this provocative production, while there is still time.  While you are there, you may want to purchase season tickets, because I have found  the quality of plays at this theater are always top notch.  You will want to come back, and soon!

Ticket info

New Village Arts is located at 2787 State Street, Carlsbad CA 92008

The Stuff America Is Made Of!

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Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner

Peggy Sue Sign

You have probably seen it many times if you have driven to Vegas! It is a classic out in the middle of no where! It truly is “The Stuff America is Made Of!”

If you’ve driven to Las Vegas from San Diego, you’ve seen this little gem.  I’ve driven past it untold dozens of times, but never stopped in.  In the middle of absolutely NO WHERE, Yermo to be precise, is Peggy Sue’s Diner.  The stuff America is made of.  Or WAS made of at one time.

“Happy Days” Revisited

Peggy Sue, Betty Boop

When you walk through the door, this is what greets you. Well only the Betty Boop part of this picture. Usually I am not actually there to greet people!

When you step through the door it’s like stepping back in history.  Its “Happy Days” revisited.   Back to a day when America was wholesome, when families were intact. A time when mom’s job was to stay at home and take care of the kids, and no one had to worry if some psycho was going to go into their child’s classroom and open fire.  That innocent time in America is where you are transported the moment you step through the door of Peggy Sue’s diner.  50’s music is playing.  The walls are lined, top to bottom with memorabilia from days gone by, old concert and movie posters and photos of every  movie star you can imagine, some from years ago, some more recent.  You could literally spend hours looking at this bit history from the 50’s and 60’s in our great country.

As you enter, you are greeted with a life sized statue of Betty Boop.  When you step into the original part of the restaurant, the diner portion, you’ll see a waitress wearing a turquoise and pink uniform, reminiscent of the old diner waitresses, right down to the bobby socks.  She’ll tell you, in a friendly voice to “follow the yellow brick road” and seat yourself wherever you’d like.  Sure enough, as you look down you’ll see a path of yellow linoleum running right through the middle of the floor.

Bursting With Pies, Fries and Other Treats!

Peggy Sue Pie case

There are two pie cases filled with fresh baked pies. The servers are always running top speed to take care of the customers!

As you pass through the diner portion there are two cases filled with freshly baked pies.  I remember those same style of pie cases from my local childhood restaurants in the Midwest.

Is it hokey?  Sure it is.  But somehow, you can’t help but feel happy.  Once you sit down, you will also find a menu resplendent with food from days gone by.  Burgers, fries  and shakes, of course.  Also, from “back in the day”- Meatloaf, Liver and Onions (bacon and extra $1.29), and chicken fried steak.  On the pink menu (what other color could it POSSIBLY be?) is the story of how Peggy Sue’s came to be.

Elvis, Shelley and Patti

We HAD to pose in front of Elvis! The trip wouldn’t be complete without Elvis! After all, doesn’t Elvis simblify “The Stuff America is Made Of?”

Service With a Smile!

Our waitress, Shelley (sorry you PC people, but back in the day, that’s what they were called, and in Peggy Sue’s you ARE back in the day) looked like she could have been on board at Peggy Sue’s for the past 30 or 40 years, but as it turned out, she is actually pretty new to the place, under two years.  She took care of us the way you’d expect.  Efficiently, friendly and with time for a kind word and conversation, not to mention, she took time for a picture with Elvis and me!

Peggy Sue's bathroom

This is in Peggy Sue’s ladies room! It gave me a bit of a start when I first walked in!

As soon as we were seated, I had to take a trip into the ladies room and met with a brief shock!  I rushed through the door, and did a quick doubletake!  There was a gentleman, standing at a urinal doing his business!  I quickly realized that it was simply a mannequin in front of a painted urinal! Peggy Sue had pulled a fast one on me, and it gave me a chuckle.  Once again, corny, but good ol’ fashioned fun.  Painted next to the sinks was a sign that requested you “remain seated throughout the performance.” Another corny, but wholesome joke.

Our food came, and it proved to be far more than we needed.  Don started out with a chocolate shake,  then moved on to a burger and fries. I ordered something that I seldom see on a menu any more, but do love- Liver and Onions.  Again, something that takes me back to days gone by!  I enjoyed it thoroughly!

You Can Shop Til You Drop!

Peggy Sues Memorabilia Store

Collections of all sorts are found here- Wizard of Oz, Betty Boop, Marily Monroe, Coca-Cola, Elvis……. You name it, you can find it!

Not to be missed is their gift shop, another trip down memory lane.  Coca-cola memorabilia, every  of bottled soda you can imagine, Wizard of Oz collections, tin lunchboxes, Marilyn Monroe knick-knacks, 8×10 photos of old time stars, you name it!  Fun to peruse.  My treasure for the day?  Don got me a wineglass that says “Queen Bee” on it!

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew!

Diner-Sour Park

Diner-Sour Park was an experience! Kids would love it! There was a pond with dozens of turtles in addition to the dinasour sculptures.

Exit the back door of the gift shop and you move on to another chapter in the kitschy “American Tourist” scene known as Peggy Sue’s.  They have their own “Diner-saur Park.”  An area with metal dinosaur and King Kong sculptures, a water fall and a pond with seemingly hundreds of turtles swimming around (two in the process of mating while we were taking our little tour,  I might add!) Hokey, Smarmy……. The stuff that kids never forget when you are on vacation and let them take a few minutes to enjoy.

Dino- Sour Park @ Peggy Sue's

This tall sculpture is part of the park behind Peggy-Sue’s.

Will I stop at Peggy Sue’s again?  You bet your sweet ass I will.  It will probably become a part of my “Vegas drive ritual!”  I’m just sorry that I never discovered it when we took my kids to Vegas the many times we made the drive.  Their dad’s family ran diners, and this would have been a bit of history they would have loved.

Check it out the next time you drive to Vegas.  You’ll be glad you took the time.

 

Luscious Lemon Drop Martini

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A Lemondrop, fit for a Queen!

This lemon drop is the best you’ll ever find! Fit for a queen!

Luscious Lemon Drop Martinis

Last fall I went on a cruise with girlfriends. The cruise was with Norwegian on the Getaway.  One of the bartenders prepared a lemon drop martini that was SO delicious. We would see this bartender every time we wanted a drink…  Seriously, we would traverse up and down from different floors, and from one end of the ship to the other, just to go to his bar to have him make them for us!  I watched what he did, and adapted this recipe from his example. The golden honey color of these lemon drop martinis will let your guests know that this drink is something different from the usual pale and tart ho-hum lemon drop!

W Our bartender on the NCL Getaway, mixing his delicious lemon drop martinis. He took such pride in what he did, and seemed so pleased when we came to see him each evening!

Luscious Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

In a small sandwich sized zip-lock bag mix superfine sugar with a few drops of yellow food coloring, and a few drops of Orange or lemon flavoring until sugar is a consistent color and flavoring is mixed in. Pour into a plate. (After my event, I put leftover sugar into a zip lock bag and use at my next event.)

Slice lemons some in wedges, to run around the rims of your glasses.  Others in round slices to use as a garnish on the glass.

Use Lemon wedges to moisten edge of glasses, and dip into your colored sugar mixture.  This can be done before your event, so you don’t have to take time once your guests arrive.

 

2 parts lemon flavored vodka (put in freezer for a day or two before event to get as cold as possible)

1 part lemonade

¼ part orange juice

½ part sweet & sour bar mix (pre-chill)

¼ part simple syrup

Put all ingredients into a shaker, pour into sugared martini glasses and garnish with a lemon slice.

Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun!

Lemondrop martinis

My niece, Kelly and me, enjoying one of our lemon drop martinis on our cruise.

Heineken’s Response to Pepsi’s Recent Blunder

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Pride & Prejudice….

If you had the chance to see the recent Pepsi ad starring Kendall Jenner, you’ll want to see Heineken’s response to that ad.  It is brilliant! It’s well spoken.  It leaves you thinking that perhaps, just perhaps, we COULD all get along.  Pepsi had an epic fail on this one.  Heineken hit a home run I believe.

It seems in recent months, with all that has happened in our political arena, people are SO fast to lash out, to hate, to criticize. I am often appalled at the response people put to other’s Facebook pages.  Often, a friend of a friend, of a friend makes a comment on a Facebook page which is brutal and hateful. What gives a complete stranger the right to step into another’s “domain” and be this way?  I guess the bottom line is that word.  Stranger.

Getting to Know You

I have led many workshops over the years on team building.  For a while “corporate America” was doing a lot of that sort of thing.  (Not so much today it seems).  It works.  Getting to know another person by working on a goal together, whether it is building something, as was done in this commercial, or solving a problem, makes us feel a commonality that allows acceptance and respect to color our views of another person. We like them for who they are.  Not WHAT they are.

Wouldn’t our world be a better place if we looked for the good in others, rather than judging strangers?  I know I am guilty of it every day.  Kudos to Heineken for hitting it out of the park.

Let’s All Just Play Nice

And can you do me a favor?  Don’t be that person who makes snarky remarks on someone else’s Facebook page.  If you don’t agree with them, just move on.  Really.  Just move on.  You’ll get through the day.  And maybe, when you meet that person face to face, and get to know them you’ll realize you like them.  You can respect them.  You can be their friend. Let’s all just play nice a little more often.

Take a look at Heineken’s new ad, and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your opinion!

“Everything, Everything”…Was Not Exactly Everything

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Everything, Everything Movie

Everything, Everything, the movie

Review of Everything, Everything

I was invited to an advanced screening of the movie “Everything, Everything”.  Luckily, my man is always game for anything, anything that I seem to come up with, so off we went to make a lovely date night of the whole adventure.

If you’ve seen the previews, you know that this is a new version of “The Boy in the Bubble”– only in this case, it’s a young woman who is forever trapped inside her home.  So, we combine “The Boy in the Bubble” and a bit of Blue Lagoon, and Viola!  Everything, Everything is the end result.

I’d rate this about 3 stars. The young woman in the lead, Amandla Stenberg, is beautiful.  The young male lead, Nick Robinson, couldn’t be more average looking if he tried.  The movie drags a bit, and once Maddy forages out into the world for her first time, the tale gets a bit unrealistic (to put it kindly).

To begin with, if you’ve never been out the door, nor in a car, I don’t think you’d snap the seat belt together without even a moment’s hesitation.  And, perhaps I’m wrong here, but I think that if you’d never been in any sort of moving vehicle for the whole 18 years of your life, you just might get a bit of motion sickness.

Go Jump off a Cliff…

The most far fetched moment was when, on one of her first days “out”, she jumps off a cliff, from about 50 feet in the air, and into the Ocean.  This is moments after a discussion about how she’d never seen the ocean before, nor had learned to swim.  No doubt, Maddy is a VERY brave and talented girl! As she surfaces in the water, she remains perfectly calm, no dog paddling or distress… I wish I could do as well in a similar situation.

For the love of God, tell me also – who rents a car to an 18 year old, not to mention a top of the line 5 star hotel suite?  And how in the world does Maddy, who has never been out of the house get approved for a credit card, and then board a plane? TSA just passes her through with no ID?

There are all the tender, young love moments you would expect in a “coming of age” type of movie.  The first kiss, the first time being together.  The family struggles. The defiant teen, going against mom’s will. There is a lovely chemistry between the two leads.

Another bit of “only in the movies” is the fact that the young man’s family constantly has to move, because his father “can’t seem to ever hold a job”, yet they are living in a neighborhood of upper end, multi million dollar houses.  How come I can’t afford to do that?  Is there some sort of government benefit that I am missing out on?

Every Teen Needs a Cell Phone

Maddy & Olly originally communicate through texts. However, I can’t help but wonder why a teen, who has never left the house, and has no plans to ever do so, even has a cell phone? Wouldn’t it be safer for someone uber sick to have a land line, just in case?  But, when you are a single, widowed mom in a house that would probably cost 10 mil…… what’s another few bucks a month on the “family and friends” Verizon plan?

I won’t spoil the end, but I will say, there is a bit of an unexpected twist as the movie winds down.  Or, maybe it was only unexpected to me.

It’s not the worst movie you’ll ever see.  It’s not going to be the best movie you’ll ever see.  Since it was free, I can honestly say, we got our money’s worth!